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A federal judge ruled today that all Texans qualify to vote by mail as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which The Texas Tribune wrote, "opened a path for a massive expansion in absentee voting in Texas." The order is part of an ongoing legal battle.

From the Tribune:


"In a lengthy order, opened by quoting the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, [Judge Fred] Biery said he had concerns for the health and safety of voters and stated the right to vote 'should not be elusively based on the whims of nature.'"

In a poll over the weekend, 85% of Austonia readers said that voting by mail should be allowed in 2020.

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